Statistician (Agricultural Survey) (three positions), Various Locations

Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Closing date: Tuesday, 1 June 2021


Statistician (Agricultural Survey) (three positions)

Job Posting: 11/May/2021

Closure Date: 01/Jun/2021, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : Statistics Division, ESS

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : Professional Project

Grade Level : P-3

Primary Location: Various Locations

Duration : Fixed-term: one year with possibility of extension

Post Number : 2008283 / 2008486 / 2008491

CCOG Code : 1M02

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FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture

Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member nations and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply

Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold our values. FAO has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and FAO, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.

All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization.

Organizational Setting The Statistics Division (ESS) develops, and advocates for the implementation of methodologies and standards for data collection, validation, processing and analysis of food and agriculture statistics. In these statistical domains, it also plays a vital role in the compilation, processing and dissemination of internationally comparable data, and provides essential capacity building support to member countries. In addition, the Division disseminates many publications, working papers and statistical yearbooks, that cover agricultural and food security relevant statistics (including prices, investments, production, trade and agri-environmental statistical data). The incumbents will be part of the Survey Team and will contribute to the implementation of the 50x2030 Initiative to Close the Agricultural Data Gap and/or to the second phase of the Global Strategy to improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics (GSARS-II). They will work in close collaboration with the ESS staff, Government counterparts, donors and other relevant stakeholders. The 50x2030 Initiative supports national statistical services to accelerate the production and dissemination of high quality and timely statistics on the agricultural and rural sector, integrating production data with data on the technical, economic, environmental and social aspects of the agricultural holdings. The GSARS-II provides trainings and technical assistance to countries on topics that are relevant to agricultural surveys. The posts is located in various duty station (Rome, Addis Ababa or Bangkok).

Reporting Lines The Statistician reports to a Senior Coordinator.

Technical Focus Support to the design and implementation of national agricultural survey programmes based on the principles of the 50x2030 Initiative.Organization and provision of technical assistance and training in agricultural statistics. The functions aslo cover the agricultural surveys design and implementation.

Key Results Research and analysis of information, data and statistics, statistical methods, statistical and econometric modelling. Development and maintenance of specialized tools, methodologies, systems and/or databases, and the technical assistance services to support the implementation/delivery and monitoring of the programme of work and related products, projects, publications, and services.

Key Functions

Collects, reviews, process and/or analyses key social/ economic/ environmental/ indicators, based on both traditional statistical methods/sources or on unstructured sources and data science methods, to support the delivery of economic and social development programmes of work, which can be focused on products, projects, publications or services;
Develops improved/updated technical, statistical and/or analytical tools, systems, databases;
Conducts research, data collection, validation, analysis and/or reporting in support of the development of technical standards, international instruments, innovative tools and methodologies to be used within the Organization or by external stakeholders.

Produces a variety of technical reports and provides input in technical documents, divisional publications and/or web pages;
Provides response to requests and provides technical and/or policy advice, assistance and solutions to Regional, Subregional, and Country Offices including technical backstopping to field projects;
Participates in multidisciplinary teams, collaborates with other divisional and agencies on work groups and committees and promotes best practices;
Provides capacity development services, including the planning and organization of training workshops and seminars, and in the preparation of related information, materials, online tools and information kits;
Participates in multidisciplinary teams and short term work groups, participates in divisional teams, participates in Organization-wide committees, project teams, and working groups and provides specialized expertise on international technical networks and or technical policy and standard setting bodies;
Supports the organization, conduct and follow-up of meetings, consultations and conferences, the development/production of required materials and the provision of information and assistance to partners;
Participates in resource mobilization activities in accordance with Corporate strategy and divisional plans;
Promotes international cooperation and collaboration, advocates best practices, knowledge sharing, increased policy dialogue and provides technical expertise at international meetings and conferences.

Specific Functions

Supports partner countries in setting-up or strengthening the national agricultural survey programmes in accordance with the principles of the 50x2030 Initiative;
Provides trainings and technical assistance to partner countries on agricultural statistics and agricultural survey methodologies, including survey design, sampling frame development and design, questionnaire design, data collection methods and operations, data processing and analysis and data dissemination;
Provides hands-on support to national institutions in applying statistical methods to large farm survey datasets, including editing, validation and analysis of the data with statistical software;
Conducts research studies when relevant;
Promotes international collaboration; advocates for best practices and increased policy dialogue and provides technical expertise at international meetings and conferences.


Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in statistics, mathematics, economics, agricultural economics, or a related field;
Five years of relevant experience in the collection, processing, analysis and dissemination of food and agricultural statistics in national or international organizations;
Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).


Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable;
Extent and relevance of knowledge and experience in designing, planning and implementing large-scale agricultural surveys in developing countries;
Extent of knowledge and experience in agricultural survey methodology, including survey design, sampling, questionnaire design, data collection methods, and dissemination;
Extent of proficiency and experience in CAPI survey tools and in using software tools ‚such as SPSS, Stata, R‘ for validating, processing and analysing microdata from large-scale agricultural surveys;
Extent of experience in microdata dissemination and knowledge of statistical disclosure control methods and tools;
Extent and relevance of knowledge and experience in project design/formulation and in delivering capacity development programmes and technical assistance in developing countries.

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A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link: allowances/salary.htm Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:

Dependency allowances

Rental subsidy

Education grant for children

Home leave travel

30 working days of annual leave per year

Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund

International health insurance; optional life insurance

Disability protection

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elements of family-friendly policies

flexible working arrangements

standards of conduct


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